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Wakesetter2008

Large scratch on my VLX 08, how to repair

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Wakesetter2008

Recently i scratched my new malibu (trailering).

The gelcoat is scratched about 4 inches until the fiberglass.

If you look on the pictures (see the link below), you can see a dark layer. I think it is a barriercoat to prevent blistering (osmosis).

Can someone tell me how to repair this scratch properly so that blistering will not happen.

I ask recently different pro's but they want it to repair with a simple fiberglass filler and gelcoat. This means the laminate could absorb water so the possibility that osmosis could occur.

See the pics..

scratch malibu

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68Slalom

I would take that in to a pro shop for repairs, how did that happen?

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areamike

UGH...WOW! I'm going on record and saying that is NOT a scratch...that's a friggin' gouge in the fiberglass.

Best to have that professionally fixed!

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wienrdog

I'd leave that one to the pros... You can repair it yourself, but will need to do fiberglass repair first, then void filler, then gel.

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LouDoc

One more vote for the pros - take it to the dealer. Six weeks and $800 later she'll look good as new!

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bigD

yeah, you don't fix that one yourself, unless Fix It ® is good enough for you. :)

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Living the Dream
It'll buff out.

hmmm dont think so....wow how did that happen?? Dontknow.gif

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bigD
It'll buff out.

Not if it's down to the fiberglass like he stated.

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Ndawg12
It'll buff out.

Not if it's down to the fiberglass like he stated.

I seriously think he was kidding, at least I hope.

That's more than a scratch or a gouge, that's damn near carnage and is hard to look at. Just the fact that you asked the question tells me that you shouldn't try to do the repair yourself (no offense), better take it to the pros.

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obski

I've repaired a lot of scratches and very small gouges on my boats, but I've got to agree with everyone else and say that that is one that I would take to have done professionally. Ouch.

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cyoda44
Recently i scratched my new malibu (trailering).

The gelcoat is scratched about 4 inches until the fiberglass.

If you look on the pictures (see the link below), you can see a dark layer. I think it is a barriercoat to prevent blistering (osmosis).

Can someone tell me how to repair this scratch properly so that blistering will not happen.

I ask recently different pro's but they want it to repair with a simple fiberglass filler and gelcoat. This means the laminate could absorb water so the possibility that osmosis could occur.

See the pics..

scratch malibu

Your lucky the boat still floats .... Cry.gif Please take it to a professional!! I would submitt an insurance claim for that little tiny scratch...

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